Fossil range: Late Cretaceous
|Restoration of Indosuchus|
Indosuchus raptorius is a genus of abelisaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (70 to 65 million years ago – the Maastrichtian era), a primitive theropod related to Abelisaurus. Like most theropods, Indosuchus was a bipedal carnivore. It was possibly 6 meters (20 ft) long, and had a crested skull, flattened on the top.
"Indo", is Greek for "Indian", "Suchus" which is Greek for "crocodile" and "raptorius" meaning "raptorial." So, its name translates as "Raptorial Indian Crocodile".
Because only some skull elements have been found, Indosuchus placement has been somewhat erratic. Although it's now somewhat firmly placed within the Abelisauridae, it has been also grouped with allosaurs and tyrannosaurs. The discovery of other abelisaurids like Carnotaurus has helped clarify its position.